Aaron Rodgers has been synonymous with football for practically twenty years because the Green Bay Packers’ quarterback, however as he nears the top of his profession — each time which will be — he acknowledged it is not “all ball on a regular basis.”
Remember, the soon-to-be 39-year-old severely thought-about retirement after the 2020 season and wished to be the full-time “Jeopardy” host not too way back after he served as a two-week visitor host. This previous offseason he was a daily podcast as he made the rounds speaking about his ayahuasca use.
“Of course you concentrate on life after football,” Rodgers mentioned throughout his Tuesday look on “The Pat McAfee Show.”
“It’s not like (I) flip it on at some factors and switch it off. When you could have pursuits outdoors the sport there’s all the time issues that come up that you simply spend time doing in a few of your free time that you simply’re going to do extra if you’re executed enjoying. Of course, there’s that thought.”
Rodgers, who has a 19:7 landing to interception ratio this yr following back-to-back MVP seasons because the Packers have fallen to 4-7 and outdoors the NFC playoff image, mentioned his outdoors pursuits have not modified his preparation for video games this season.
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“But it additionally does not change you could’t have pursuits outdoors of the sport that you simply take your thoughts to from time to time. I look ahead to these issues,” Rodgers mentioned. “Those aren’t within the entrance of my thoughts. Those are close to the again. But to sit right here and say it is all ball on a regular basis, and blah blah blah (expletive). I do not know, that is not the best way I a.m.
“There’s life after football and there is life outdoors of football even in the course of the season,” Rodgers continued. “It’s necessary to hold that stability … You’re all about discovering methods to tweak little issues, to enhance and to be extra environment friendly, however you are additionally an individual. You have a life.”
Rodgers has no plans to get into teaching when he retires
So what does he see his life wanting like after football?
“Definitely not teaching, I can inform you that,” Rodgers mentioned Tuesday. “I’ve little interest in being on the facility all day and guarding my desk.”
While he has “zero curiosity” in following the lead of former gamers who’ve traded within the pads for the headset as a head coach, Rodgers did say the “administration facet” would be the one factor that may barely pique his curiosity.
“It’s a really tiny, tiny curiosity,” Rodgers mentioned.
McAfee and AJ Hawk, Rodgers’ former teammate and shut good friend who joins McAfee as a co-host, requested him if he may see himself entering into the media enterprise, like Tom Brady will ultimately do after signing a 10-year take care of Fox.
Rodgers requested if there have been different choices.
How about politics?
“You’d be nice at that,” Hawk advised him.
The co-hosts advised him he may be a hippie or shaman. Rodgers, in fact, has spoken out about his use of the hallucination plant-based drug ayahuasca.
“Maybe a sherpa,” Rodgers lastly mentioned.
Rodgers ‘not wanting ahead to the top’ each time that comes
Despite Rodgers’ extension final offseason that gave him the very best common wage within the NFL ($50 million for the primary three years), Rodgers acknowledged he is not certain how lengthy he’ll play.
“It’s been an superior run,” mentioned Rodgers, who is in his 18th NFL season and fifteenth because the Packers’ beginning quarterback. “I’m actually happy with what I’ve completed. I’m not, like, wanting ahead to the top. Life after football is going to be a tricky transition because it is for each participant. I do not know when that is going to be. I do not know if it is going to be after the season, after three extra seasons. There will be selections we’ll have later down the street.”
For Rodgers and the 2022 Packers, who’re coming off their sixth loss in seven video games, they proceed the season this week on the NFC-leading Philadelphia Eagles (9-1) on “Sunday Night Football.”